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Despite rumblings of a coup, US military remains focused on humanitarian assistance in Venezuelan crisis | Military Times

Despite rumblings of a coup, US military remains focused on humanitarian assistance in Venezuelan crisis | Military Times

U.S. military officials are closely watching the ongoing crisis in Venezuela that has pushed millions of citizens to flee the nation.

Since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro took power, the nation’s economy, which is closely tied to oil prices, has experienced rocketing levels of poverty and inflation. And Maduro has since consolidated power, shifting the country into what many experts are calling a dictatorship.

Beginning last year, President Donald Trump reportedly began asking for military options, and top officials met with Venezuelan dissidents and floated the idea of a U.S.-backed coup of Maduro with Latin American leaders.

Source: Despite rumblings of a coup, US military remains focused on humanitarian assistance in Venezuelan crisis | Military Times